Media release: Simon Community Scotland launches new funding appeal to #Give Hope to people affected by homelessness in Scotland this Christmas


AN urgent appeal for financial donations – to give hope, safety and comfort to the nation’s most vulnerable people this winter – has been launched by one of Scotland’s leading homelessness charities, Simon Community Scotland.

It follows last year’s appeal, which saw large donations of clothing, toiletries and snacks, as well as cash.

Says Lorraine McGrath, CEO of Simon Community Scotland: “Christmas will be different for all of us this year, but the additional health risks of the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions on many services will make it tougher than ever for those facing life on the streets.

“Every pound we raise will be spent locally to help people in need Stay Warm, Stay Safe, and most importantly to Give Hope for a brighter future.”

She added: “We are very thankful for every donation and all the public support we receive.

“However, as times have changed, so have the needs of our service users. We are asking for money this year because it enables us to quickly source and deliver essential items exactly where and when they are needed.

“It also means we can combine every gift we make on donors’ behalf with support and care tailored to individual circumstances.

“With public support we can do even more to Give Hope and help people recover from homelessness permanently.  That’s something for us all to look forward to.”

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Media enquiries, please contact Hugh Hill, Simon Community Scotland, email

About Simon Community Scotland

Simon Community Scotland has been working alongside people who experience homelessness in Scotland since 1966.

It delivers around 170,000 hours of support every year and engages with up to 6,000 people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness. In addition to its multi-partner Access Hub, in Glasgow, it operates Street and Street Cycles teams in both Glasgow and Edinburgh and provides accommodation, including emergency accommodation, and support across Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Edinburgh and Perth.

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About the #GiveHope at Christmas campaign

This winter, more than ever, people affected by homelessness in Scotland need our help. Simon Community Scotland believes that everyone deserves a safe place to live and access to the support they need. All donations will be used to give hope to people who really need it because doesn’t everyone deserve hope at Christmas?

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Contact: Hugh Hill